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You guys, look at me posting twice in two days! I realize I never mentioned a few months ago that I had read A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. Although I had very much enjoyed Towles's previous novel, Rules... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2017 at verbatim
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Some of you may remember that our beloved 4-year-old kitty Violet got sick and died suddenly last fall. Then, this spring, our old-lady cat Grace died at age 16. That left only Luna, Violet's littermate. She has always been a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2017 at verbatim
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Yikes, I guess "Write something—anything!—on the blog" never made it to my To-Do list in May. So here comes another mishmash of stuff I've been up to. Editing books, of course! You know I have edited a bunch of Michael... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2017 at verbatim
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Last month was the annual American Copy Editors Society conference, this time in St. Petersburg, Florida. (I am not a big fan of Florida, but at least it was an easy flight and no time change!) Every year I get... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2017 at verbatim
Mazel tov! So you'll have a nice, balanced Libra grandson! :) Andy just sent away for those DNA saliva kits for us to determine our ethnic makeup.
Toggle Commented Apr 9, 2017 on Happy Happy Joy Joy!!! at Kingfisher Cove
You guys, it's my blogiversary! On this date 13 YEARS AGO I posted my first entry in this blog. Steph was 7, Pete was about to turn 5, and Julie was a wee 2-year-old. (I've been 39 this entire time,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2017 at verbatim
I can't tell you how many posts I've started and then deleted since that last one. I definitely do not want this to become an all-politics blog, as I'm already spending far too much time, energy, brain real estate, and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2017 at verbatim
Look who's still here, alive and (sort of) kicking! I pretty much shut down after the election. And no, it wasn't a "Boo hoo, poor me, my candidate lost" thing. I've been there before and come out fine(ish) on the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2016 at verbatim
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Here's a Rachael Ray recipe I clipped many years ago but never got around to making—until last night. It was a bit of work but came out great. And I even remembered to take a photo! Cordon Croquettes 1 pound... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2016 at verbatim
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I just finished reading The Rocks by Peter Nichols. When I first picked it up, I thought I'd already read it, because the cover looks so similar to Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter (reviewed here): But instead of the Italian... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2016 at verbatim
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Hmm ... I think I'm overdue with an update on what books I've edited recently, so I'll just try to remember the highlights. The first one is a self-help book about being in a relationship with an addict, with a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2016 at verbatim
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Today is the last day that Julie will be 14! I'm posting this now rather than on her actual birthday, which happens to fall on Yom Kippur. The most recent photo I have of her is from last June's middle... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2016 at verbatim
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As I mentioned the other day, I was recently in New York City! Yes, really—I took the train and stayed in a hotel all by myself like a real grown-up! I was there for a conference, but not the one... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2016 at verbatim
If you've read this blog for the last, what, 12 years? or known me personally since the mid-eighties, you know that every single Labor Day weekend we go up to the White Mountains for the Lancaster County Fair. Every. Single.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2016 at verbatim
I never have trouble falling asleep when I first go to bed, but if I wake up for any reason during the night, I'm doomed. Regardless of how sleepy I think I am, my brain starts going a mile a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2016 at verbatim
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It's Violet! Some of you know that our kooky black and orange kitty has been very sick. A couple of weeks ago I noticed that she wasn't as sociable and playful as usual, but it didn't seem worrisome. Then it... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2016 at verbatim
Sorry, I must have mixed up blogging once a day with blogging once a season. I see I almost missed summer. Sigh. I am not doing too well with the work-life balance thing these days. It's hard to say no... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2016 at verbatim
Here's a quick and easy way to impress someone that yes, you made those chips! Wonton Crisps 24 square wonton wrappers 2 tablespoons salted butter, melted and cooled slightly ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese or 2 tablespoons sugar mixed with... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at verbatim
Pro tip: Marinate some meat cubes, put 'em on skewers, and grill. Apparently this particular version is known in the Binghamton NY area as "spiedies" (pronounced either "speedies" or "spy-dees"—the jury is still out according to a debate on my... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2016 at verbatim
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Hi, remember me? I have been working ridiculous hours. Since returning from Portland on April 3, I have had exactly TWO days off: Sunday April 24 (I don't even remember what I did that day) and Sunday May 8 (Mother's... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2016 at verbatim
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Like most readers, if I'm not madly in love with a book but want to find out what happens, I might skim just to get at the plot, or at least skip certain sections that aren't interesting. On the other... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2016 at verbatim
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What a busy, happy weekend! Saturday Pete had SATs in the morning (well, OK, that part wasn't so happy!), while we drove Julie to her sculpting class at the MFA, then on to Wheelock to pick up Steph, who is... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2016 at verbatim
Oh, I cried when I watched that video! Mazel tov again, to the whole family!
Toggle Commented Apr 27, 2016 on Bliss at Kingfisher Cove
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Time to catch up on some book reviews. (1) A few weeks ago I picked up What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty. I expected just a light, fun read, but it ended up hitting me like a ton of bricks.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2016 at verbatim
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Remember last year when I went to my first American Copy Editors Society conference in Pittsburgh and it was the greatest thing I ever did? (If you've forgotten, go back and read this. I'll wait.) So ... I was wrong,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2016 at verbatim